The scorching summer has begun and while we are trying to figure out which one — power or water supply cuts — will get us first, our netas have worked out a way to circumvent both the problems, at least for some days. Ten Municipal Council of Delhi councillors along with some of their faithfuls (read: babus) are going to Germany to study the workings of an automated slaughterhouse and parking site. Now if you think that they are wasting our money on such an
‘observation-cum-study trip’, perish the thought. They are going on this tour to ensure that the projects don’t end up like the BRT. Can you question such a far-sighted approach? By bringing the BRT into the picture, the netas have surely hit the sweet spot, considering how we are exercised about that stretch of tar. The fact that Germany has a temperate climate, unlike saddi Dilli, is just a coincidence.
And, what knowledge will these intrepid travellers gather? The manpower requirement needed for the abattoir and technology being used for parking site in Germany. But isn’t manpower related to the size of a project? And, can’t this be worked out here? As far as the parking lots are concerned, we hear that till date (the project was conceptualised in 2003), the foundation stone of only such lot has been laid and the automation part will be dealt with by the franchisee that will operate it, not the government. But, of course, needless to say, knowledge never goes waste.
But, as you know, our netas and babus have never shied away from ‘learning and observing’. And action? We did hear some netas and babus went to a place called Bogota to ‘learn’ and ‘observe’ its BRT system. A follow-up trip is clearly called for as they seem to have lost a lot in translation that time.